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Major events in Sino-Polish relations
Chinese President Hu Jintao starts a state visit to Poland on Tuesday. The following is a chronology of major events in Sino-Polish relations:
-- On October 5, 1949, Poland announced its recognition of the People's Republic of China, and on October 7 of the same year, they established diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.
-- In the 1950s, Zhou Enlai, Zhu De, Peng Dehuai, He Long and other Chinese leaders visited Poland at different times and Premier Zhou Enlai paid two visits. The Polish leaders Boleslaw Bierut, Edward Ochab, Jozef Cyrankiewicz and others also visited China at different times during the period.
-- In 1971, Poland celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Sino-Polish Shipping Company, and the Polish marine transport minister and the Chinese communications minister exchanged visits.
-- In the fall of 1986, Wojciech Jaruzelski, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Polish United Worker's Party and chairman of the State Council, paid a working visit to China.
+ In 1987, Zhao Ziyang, acting general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee and premier of the State Council, paid an official goodwill visit to Poland.
+ In the summer of 1988, Polish Prime Minister Zbigniew Messner visited China.
-- In September 1994, Polish Premier Waldemar Pavlak visited China and the two sides signed nine agreements and letters of intent on cooperation.
+ In 1997, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski paid a state visit to China. This was the first official visit to China by a Polish head of state for the past 38 years. The heads of state of the two countries signed the Joint Communique of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Poland.